It’s my first time at Walk-On’s and apparently it’s no better time to be out here than for “Tiger Mania.” The crowds are starting to roll in as all eyes and predictions are on LSU.
But we can’t forget about all the LSU gear fans are wearing. If Monday’s game is successful, there are a few places around town that will have special gear to celebrate.
“Unfortunately, nobody has had a sneak peak yet,” said Lafayette Academy Sports and Outdoors Manager TJ Menard.
Menard unlocked the secret stash to what everyone in Lafayette is calling an LSU win.
“Following an LSU victory, all 18 Louisiana Academy Sports and Outdoor stores will reopen to sell all the National Championship merchandise,” said Menard.
Academy’s Lafayette location was busy earlier with residents looking for the latest gear to show their team pride.
“We’re excited, both my parents went to LSU and I went to LSU,” said shopper Jonathan Shirley. “They’re gonna come over and so it’s a big family tradition at this point and we can’t wait.”
Louisiana Academy Sports locations will reopen immediately following an LSU win.
“We’ll reopen until the last customer leaves or until we’re actually sold out of merchandise,” stated Menard.
A win at the championship means new hats shirts and all LSU gear the store can offer.
Even the tiniest of fans were out finding gear.
“We really came because he needs a new outfit for the game tonight,” said Shirley.
“A new cheerleader thing for the Tigers,” said four-year-old Ellie Shields. When asked if the Tigers would win little Ellie said yes.
Staff at Academy say they are ready and certain they’ll see crowds after the game.
“We’re seeing a lot of traffic, the whole city , the whole state is getting excited so we’re definitely looking forward to feeling the affects,” said Menard.